This high speed track had one insane qualifying session with Akinori Utsumi taking in first place. The big buzz about qualifying was that Daigo Saito clocked an entry speed of 227.1 KM/H putting that just at 140MPH! We are trying to track down some good video of his insane high speed entry into Suzuka. He couldn’t take home the win for the big D1GP weekend however which saw a Team Orange member take home victory. Here are the results:
Our first video digging into our trip out to the Drift Heaven Spring Matsuri weekend at Ebisu Circuit is here. Just one week before we headed straight to Formula Drift Road Atlanta we saw Ebisu Circuit come to life with over 400+ drift cars take to all the tracks for two full on days of insane fun. The white Chaser with the on-car camera in our thumbnail is driven by Daigo Saito along with some other D1GP drivers, one hundred Australians, and a good mix of grassroots Japanese drivers.
Aside from being one of the most bespoke and strange drift builds of all time seeing a slammed Jeep drifting around a course is quite a sight to see. The video was translated by the YouTube uploader so you can grasp a little preview of what went into this insane Jeep drift build. What do you think of his project?
If you happen to be one of the 43,000,000 homes that picks up MAV TV which includes a ton of great motorsports programming then set your DVR to record today at 5:00pm EST or Saturday again at 12:0pm EST to record The Racing Insiders. Our head editor Joey Redmond joins the cast to talk about the state of drifting in Japan and the United States. The cast mentions going to spec cars and where can you practice to become a pro in America? All these questions and more answered on The Racing Insiders today!
The second day of Matsuri was even more wild than the first one. We got sync’d up with large groups of drivers running courses all day and put to use our video camera and photographs to document a great day of drifting. We traveled all the courses over the course of the day capturing D1GP drivers in action and tons of forgeigners banging their beater bought missiles from www.powervehicles.com around anywhere Ebisu has to offer. Here is a Monday gallery of the action as it went down!
Just one of the awesome clips we captured at the Spring Matsuri Drift Heaven week at Ebisu Circuit was this group of drivers mounting tires by hand. This one drifter we captured on film could mount a whole tire ready for air in 56 seconds using his hands, feet, and a crowbar. Sit back and watch this awesome feat.
Sunday kicked off the Matsuri weekend with a near perfect day at Ebisu Circuit where we took in the sights, sounds, and tire smoke of almost 400 registered cars banging doors, fenders, and walls around all the tracks available at Ebisu. Thanks to our partners Replay XD and Enjuku Racing we sent out a team of three to Japan to take it all in with tons of video footage and some photo galleries to boot! Day 1 was the calmer start to the weekend with tons of drivers taking on north and school course through the day and well into the middle of the morning.
The G1GP series for those who are not familiar is a fun series for foreigners to compete in from all over the world where drifting started in Japan. The series found 50+ drivers for yesterdays event at Ebisu Circuit. The qualifying sessions are done in a similar Formula 1 style. The event is split into four run groups and each run group goes out on the track at one time to qualify and the judges then pick the top drivers to advance into a Top 16. During one of the last run groups this happened to shut down the track for a few minutes. Both drivers got out just fine but one car is going to be retired for the weekend of Matusri we believe after this hit. Huge thanks to Enjuku Racing for helping us make the trek out to Japan for G1GP and Matsuri weekend!
The MSC series is well known for its team tandem competitions and less corporate/political vibe than other professional series around the world. Here is a video from TriangleXhamadajyuku showing off team tandem clips and some insane first turn entries by various cars. This one flat black S15 with the largest rear wing I have ever seen on a drift car performs a few entries that are impressive including the one at the closing of the video.
Daigo Saito has been super busy this off-season buying cars, NASCAR engines, playing drift pinball, and even buying Sam Hubinette’s old Dodge Challenger. He has taken the Challenger to Japan and this video shows him testing it out at Ebisu Circuit. Daigo is rumored to be running this Challenger or a NASCAR V8 powered Dodge Viper for the 2013 D1 Grand Prix season. What do you think of his Ebisu Circuit shakedown of the Dodge Challenger?